Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kevin Durant's absence causing Warriors 'confusion, angst'

Kevin Durant's absence causing Warriors 'confusion, angst'

On Saturday, it was announced that Warriors star Kevin Durant has been cleared to practice, but has not yet been cleared to play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Durant's status for Game 5 has been officially upgraded to "questionable", meaning he could make his first return on Monday.

"We haven't been in this position before in The Finals, but playing OKC and the whole 2016 run, where we were on both sides of this equation, you can kind of relive those experiences and understand what the emotions were like and how important literally every possession of those potential closeout games were on both ends, and what it took for those comebacks to happen", he said.

"It's win one basketball game and take it from there".

Is it possible that in the chase for a championship the injury could reach the point where teams now on a quest to sign him in free agency might instead stay away?

On top of the fact that Durant walked to the floor after the rest of his teammates, once cameras and media left the arena bowl, he was one of the first players back into the Warriors' locker room after the team's brief workout. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and DeMarcus Cousins are impending free agents, while Iguodala, now 35, is coming off arguably the worst statistical season of his 15-year career.

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"We know we can do it, it's just a matter of proving it".

"I don't think we look it at it that way at all, especially for myself", he told reporters Sunday.

"Their number's gonna be called at different stages throughout this series, like it was in the playoffs, so just be ready to go", he said. Now I will be wearing a mouthpiece for as long as I can manage it.

"It's win or go home for us - we've got no choice but to go out there and be as focused as we can", Bogut said.

For his part, Thompson said he was 90 per cent healthy heading into Sunday's practice, compared with 80 per cent in game four, when he scored 28 points. "I've actually had worse before, so I'm doing all right".

"I don't think it will change much at all", Curry said. "They're very annoying and they make sure that we're in our right state of mind before we go out".

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